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Help with lens choice....
Old 03-27-2005, 10:21 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I shoot with a Canon 10D and I'm going to purchase a new lens and can't decide which I would like.

I'm torn between the Canon 135mm 2.8 Soft Focus or the 85mm 1.8

Can anyone give me some advice and perhaps support it with pictures?
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Old 03-27-2005, 10:33 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I usaully shoot at about 85 or so. When I used film, the 135 was great, but since I went digital with the 135, I'd be standing at the very back of the studio. (It's not that big.) So, I'm happy with my 24-85.
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Re: Help with lens choice....
Old 03-27-2005, 10:38 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Thanks for the reply but I should clarify...

I'm not talking about the focal range per say, I'm looking for quality of those particular prime lenses.... not looking for a zoom.
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Old 03-27-2005, 11:39 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I'd go with the 85 F1.8. The 135mm SF is going to be a one trick pony. Possibly a good trick, but right now most of what I see in W, Maxim, FHM, Blender, etc. is tack sharp which the 85mm will do. If you want soft, just open the 85mm all the way up. Basicly I've never used either of these lenses (though I do have a FD 85mm F1.2L) but I could see the 85 being more versitile and useful under more circumstances than any Soft focus lens. If you want a SF lens that bad get a Lens Baby.
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I guess it depends on what you want to do with the lens. I owned one of the Canon soft focus lenses many years ago and found it nice, but basically only of use for a very narrow range of subjects. With Photoshop, I have found that I can get the same or better effects. Anymore, if I want to shoot softfocus directly in the camera, I use an old Sima lens that I bought from Spiratone many years ago. The 85mm will give you about 120mm on the 10D and will allow shooting in low light. If you want softfocus directly in the camera, then you can use Rolando's black scarf method with the lens wide open and you'll get beautiful soft focus. I've also used a clear filter and vasaline smeared on it for selective soft focus. But it's still easier to do in Photoshop.



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Re: 85 1.8
Old 03-28-2005, 01:17 AM   #6 (permalink)
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I was shooting with a 10D and now shoot with a 1DmarkII, my 85 quickly became my go to lens. It focuses fast and low light it is great. First day out with the markII and got this. Both shot with the 85.



Later I wanted to shoot with the 70-200, but the 85 never came off the camera.



I have never shot with the 135 SF but I would find it hard to beat the 85 with the crop factor of the 10D. I will say it is a little long in a short studio, but much shorter than the 135.

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Personally, I think that the 135 f2.8 soft focus lens is soon to be on the chopping block simply because you can select specific areas of the image and soften them to any degree you desire...some areas more than others....or all the same...it is up to you, not up to a lens to do it automatically which may not be exactly what you want..

So, instead of that lens, I'd personally recommend the 85mm f1.8, the 100mm f2.0, or the 135mm f2.0 prime lenses. Those are all awesome performers.

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get the soft focus, you can do that in PS

you will be selling it within a month if you do...


Look for a used 28-70 f2.8 Canon
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